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W.Mass. pharmacist gets 3 years for stealing pills

October 26, 2011

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—A former pharmacist who worked at a Pittsfield supermarket has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing OxyContin pills from prescriptions and replacing them with other medications.

Federal prosecutors say at least one customer suffered serious complications and required hospitalization after taking medicine used for the treatment of high blood pressure instead of the painkiller prescribed.

The 31-year-old Nicole Bombardier of Cheshire was also sentenced this week to federal court in Springfield to pay $15,500 in fines and restitution to her former employer and the patient. She pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products in March 2010.

Prosecutors say Bombardier stole at least 239 OxyContin pills from three different bottles for personal use while working at the Price Chopper in Pittsfield between May 2008 and September 2008.